Hole Drilling

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  1. poiromaniax

    poiromaniax MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys,

    Is there anybody out there who can come drill a 50mm hole for me?

    I can pay you with a frag or two?


    Thanks! :thumbup:
     
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    I am just north of Richardsbay, be here at 06h00 Saturday morning.;)
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    chop :razz:
     
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    ha ha, its not that difficult to do but the expense of the bit is a bit much if you only going to use it once.. (+- R185)
     
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    Im too nervous that im gonna break my sump :p
     
  7. danimal

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    i had to drill o tank in my DT a few months ago as I was moving the tank to the other side of the living room and my overflow outlet needed to move...

    was very nervous to do it, but practiced several holes on some scrap glass. it's actually quite easy. youube has several instructional videos on it, good luck :)
     
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    It is really easy to drill glass. I've drilled lots of holes in my tanks. If you only going to drill one hole then it is not worth buying the drill bit. Speak to Dallas, I'm sure he can help you out. I only have a 32mm drill.
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys,

    A mate is gonna come do it this evening!
     
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    the tank needs to be empty !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    why? It is a sump, the DSB is in about 50cm away in a seperate compartment
     
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    it will be fine
     
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    yeah, shouldnt be hard. just remember to pour water over it regularly as you cut, and go slowly!
     
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    Hi all - does one have to have to tank panes stripped to do this or can it be done on an assembled setup ... dont want to strip the pane off.... and then re - silicone it ... pane size is 50cm x 60cm in 10mm glass and want 2 x 50mm holes
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ceratinly can be done...... just be carefull, apply no pressure, let the diamonds and water do the work, easier if the pane you are drilling lies flat though !
     
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    Thanx Neil ... gonna try this ... Tank is 2.5M long .... so short of stripping the pane, I'm not going to get gravity on my side:lol: ... will practice on a piece first
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    best thing to do is to pre drill a scrap piece of 6mm glass or wood will work, (you WILL scratch the glass around the hole without a template) clamp this in position and then drill, to lubricate the cut, best thing is to get a helper with a water spray bottle who can spray every 20 secs or so with water...... it WILL make one hellava noise though so be warned. the critical thing is to try and keep the drill perfectly perpendicular to the glass and not break through the glass at one point too early. Also take it slowly as if you push it, it will lead to an oyster shell effect on the cut which will obviously be a point of weakness..... for 10mm you can easily look at 10 mins drilling time
     
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    Shot thanx Neil for all the help and advice so far (especially in the wee hours in the morning) usually Frans and myself catch one another so early browsing .... BTW thanx Frans as well ..... Now is there someone willing to sell me their 50/52/53 mm drill bit or know of a hardware shop where it is (as here in Newcastle I can't get it) I can eft the money to them and then get it couriered to me ...Thanx for the PM as well ... never knew that about silicone ... we learn something everyday hey!
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    lol, i am not that addicted to Masa Chicka, i need my sleep, I am actually in Australia on business for a week and was posting mid day Brisbane time ;)
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    As i say chicka i am in Aus on business for a while so i am not your best person to get the drill bit, to my knowledge there is only a 50mm drill bit but i may be wrong, post a help wanted thread and i am sure someone can help you out
     
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    Cool ... I have a cousin there in Brisbane ..... Been living there from 1994 ..... If you stuck for anything let me know ...... they not into marines so they a little more into the $$$$ than "poor" me:lol: ... No seriously ... If you need something there just PM me ... they'll get you sorted .... they run a tabbaco and gift shop somewhere there
     
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